Bank of America is coming under fire for alleged discriminatory practices in the way the bank has maintained foreclosed properties in minority neighborhoods.
The National Fair Housing Alliance on Tuesday filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development against Bank of America, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act.
The discrimination complaint comes five months after the group published a report on different bank-owned properties [sometimes called real estate-owned] in eight U.S. cities, including Washington. The alliance previously filed similar complaints against Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp.
The fair housing alliance's complaint deals with property evaluated since 2011 on factors like curb appeal, structure, signage, painting and siding, gutters, water damage and utilities. Based on those factors, the alliance gives the property a grade. Ultimately, the group found that properties in predominately white neighborhoods were better maintained and marketed than those found in African American and Hispanic neighborhoods.